Wilson Creek can de defined with three major sections. The upper section, starting near the Blue Ridge Parkway, reaches down to the private property above Edgemont is catch and release only artificial lures only. Lures are restricted to those with one single hook.This steep section is difficult to hike into and is filled with runs and pools.
The middle section runs from below the property line at Edgemont down to Phillips Branch and is delayed harvest. This section is stocked with approximately 10,000 trout annually. However, there are also two sections of private property contained within this section of Delayed Harvest water. The water in this portion is crystal clear and provides plenty of fly fishing action.
From Phillips Branch to Brown Mountain Beach, about 6.5 miles is classified as hatchery-supported waters and is regularly stocked by the Wildlife Resources Commission. For more information, contact the US Forest Service at (828) 652-2144 or the Wilson Creek Visitor Center at (828) 759-0005
Fishing Wilson Creek:
Most of Wilson Creek is clear water but challenging to fish due to the steep terrain. The rainbows and the brown trout can often reach 20 inches in length while the brook trout in the upper regions usually run 8 to 10 inches in length. The trout do not see a great deal of pressure and often will succumb to Blue Winged Olive imitations. Nymphs are a good choice to dead drift down the stream.
Fall and Winter:
Fishing remains good with the BWOs and Midge nymphs late in the season. Be sure to keep your fly box filled with size 18 through 22 in the late seasons.
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